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Top 10 must-see châteaus

Burgundy is brimming with châteaus. Majestic ones such as Bussy-Rabutin, the ancient fortress of Brancion, Guédelon medieval castle where construction is underway, Renaissance-style monuments such as Ancy-le-Franc and so many more. We have selected 10 remarkable châteaus for you, each one chosen for its history, architecture, or both! Whatever the style and whatever the period, you are sure to enjoy the experience.

Château du Clos de Vougeot
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1 An icon along the Route des Grands Crus

The Château du Clos Vougeot

This château is quite simply the symbol of the Burgundy vineyard. The monks of Cîteaux built the winery and wine press right in the middle of the vines, in the 12th century.

This place, along with the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasters' Cup) housed here, made an active contribution to the reputation that the wines of Burgundy benefit from today

Find out more about the Clos Vougeot

Château et jardins de Tanlay en Bourgogne
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2 Witness of an eventful past

The Château de Tanlay

A page in the history of France was written right here in Tanlay. In the 16th century, during the Religious Wars, it became a Protestant stronghold.

The famous Admiral of Coligny, a great supporter of the Reform, lived here before he was assassinated during the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre.

Find out more about Tanlay

Le chantier médiéval de Guédelon
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3 Medieval construction underway

Guédelon

In Guédelon, you won't be visiting a château, you'll be visiting one that is currently being built from scratch! An impressive sight!

Around fifty construction workers are currently building a fortified castle, using the techniques of the Middle Ages. You have to see this extraordinary worksite with your own eyes to believe it!

Find out more about Guédelon

Les appartements du Château de Cormatin
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4 Built to impress!

The Château de Cormatin

This 17th-century château will be a favourite with fans of beauty and splendour!

Monumental facades, luxurious apartments, dazzling decoration, painted, sculpted and gilded ceilings... not-to-mention the gardens which round the whole estate off perfectly.

Find out more about Cormatin

Le château de Saint-Fargeau
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5 A beautiful and lively place

The Château de Saint-Fargeau

If you like classical architecture, you will enjoy admiring this impressive pentagon of pink brick, designed by Louis Le Vau.

Throughout the summer, there are some great historical reenactments here, bringing to life this treasure of Burgundian heritage, that was once the residence of writer Jean D’Ormesson's family.

Find out more about Saint-Fargeau

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
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6 Palace worthy of a king

The Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

Come to Ancy-le-Franc to experience the art-de-vivre of Italian Renaissance.

In the 16th century, the château's patron, Antoine de Clermont de Tonnerre, called upon Italian artists, including the famous architect Sebastiano Serlio. The result was a palace designed in an Italian style, from floor to ceiling!

Find out more about Ancy-le-Franc

château de Bussy-Rabutin
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7 Temple of libertinism

The Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Welcome to the former residence of a rather extravagant character: Comte Roger de Bussy-Rabutin, Madame de Sévigné's cousin.

Come and explore the exciting world of this man who was banished from the court after having revealed the indiscretions of the court of Louis XIV, in his writings.

Find out more about the Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Le village médiéval de Brancion
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8 An example of historic Burgundy

The Château de Brancion

This château was built on a rocky spur, and today only the ruins remain of this place where some famous names once lived.

Walk in the footsteps of the lords and dukes of Burgundy and set off on a fascinating historic voyage! Not-to-mention the incredible view of the Mâconnais vineyards.

Find out more about Brancion

Interieur du château de Germolles
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9 Residence of the Dukes of Burgundy

The Château de Germolles

Visiting this château is like being plunged into the heart of the history of the Dukes of Burgundy, and then the Kings of France!

This ancient fortified house refurbished by Philip the Bold has been particularly well conserved and is a great example of the royal splendour of that era.

Find out more about Germolles

 

Le château de Bazoches
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10 Vauban's residence

The Château de Bazoches

This château is well-known thanks to its famous owner: Vauban.

It isn't far from his place of birth and Vauban acquired this château in 1675 and then renovated it according to his own personal tastes, as well as military and family-related requirements.

Find out more about Bazoches

Château de Ray-sur-Saône
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11 Ancient fortified castle

The Château de Ray-sur-Saône

This château is nestled at the heart of a pretty park, and from there and the surrounding grounds, there is a superb view of the village of Ray-sur-Saône, a Cité de Caractère® (charming town) of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. This is a must-see for cyclists along the Voie Bleue V50 cycle route.
Some significant renovation work began here in 2018, in an effort to safeguard this historic monument.
Find out more about Ray-sur-Saône 

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